Alesha MacPhail's mother wished she could see her daughter's "beautiful face" when she celebrated her eighth birthday.
Georgina Lochrane spoke days before friends and family of the murdered schoolgirl encountered an emotional balloon vigil in her hometown Airdrie in Scotland.
Dozens of people gathered in a park near a pink bank in their memory on Sunday night, according to the Daily Record.
The gathering sang songs, including Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.
The bereaved mother Georgina, 24, previously told how she will sing Happy Birthday each year at her tomb to mark the milestone.